Headlining this summer’s Rock the Bells tour, Nas and Damian Marley are giving concertgoers a preview of their upcoming collaboration album, Distant Relatives.
While the album still has no release date or label, the pair has been performing album cuts like “As We Enter,” “Strong Will Continue,” and “Africa Must Wake Up” at their tour stops.
“I like to come out and tell the people live in person, ‘Yo, the album is coming,’” Marley told billboard.com. “Give them a little bit of music to start to get excited about it.”
“Just being out here on the road we get a good feel from people about this whole thing,” added Nas, who estimates the album is 90 percent complete.
As XXLMag.com previously reported, Nas and Damian Marley decided to record a collaborative album dedicated to hoods in America and Africa earlier this year. Billboard reports that Distant Relatives will feature contributions from Stephen Marley and K’Naan.
“We just flowed, and the next thing we looked up and there were so many songs done or so many songs started and worked on…we just decided to keep it going,” Nas told billboard.com. “It’s not reggae. It’s not rap. It’s different shit for each of us.”
Nas and Marley plan to continue touring after Rock the Bells concludes in August. The duo has previously collaborated on “Road To Zion,” a single from Marley’s 2005 album, Welcome To Jamrock. –John Kennedy